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Political Culture

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:08
  • What is Political Culture? 1:05
    • Set of Basic Values and Beliefs About a Country or Government
    • In the United States
    • Our Political Culture Provides the Backdrop for our System of Government
  • America Democratic Values 2:30
    • Majority Rule / Minority Rights
    • Equality
    • Private Property
    • Individual Freedoms
    • Compromise
    • Limited Government
  • Political Socialization 12:04
    • Process by Which Citizens Acquire a Sense of Political Identity
    • Family Influence
    • Schools Teach Patriotism
    • Demographic Factors
    • Mass Media
  • Measuring Public Opinion 15:55
    • Early Polling Data in the U.S. had Self-Selecting Biases
    • Straw Polls
    • Used Car Registrations and telephone Directories to Reach People
    • Modern Polling
  • Elements of a Successful Poll 18:09
    • Sampling
    • Prepare Clear and Valid Questions
    • Control How the Poll is Taken
    • Analyzing and Reporting Results
  • 1948 Election 23:10
  • 2008 and 2012 Election Predictions 25:07
    • Nate Silver's Blog
    • 2008: Silver Correctly Predicted 49 of 50 States
    • 2012: Silver Correctly Predicted All 50 States
    • Sabermetrician
  • Example 1 28:30
  • Example 2 29:54
  • Example 3 31:14
  • Example 4 32:37